She was a blonde bombshell in the style of her heroine and role model Marilyn Monroe. She was a Playmate of the Year and the sultry Guess jeans model. She married the 89-year-old multimillionaire Howard Marshall II in 1994. Then just fourteen months later he was dead and the subsequent legal fight over his estate made headlines around the world. She was Anna Nicole Smith and this is the story of her meteoric rise from a fried chicken waitress in rural Texas to one of the most photographed women in the world, culminating in her untimely death at the age of thirty-nine. Born Vickie Lynn Hogan, Anna Nicole led an outrageous life filled with triumphs and tragedies, absurdities and achievements, drugs and lovers. It was a life lived large in the public eye - she even starred in her own reality TV show. But there was more drama to come. The birth of a baby girl in September 2006 was eclipsed by the shocking death of her twenty-year-old son, Daniel. Then tragedy struck again when the statuesque beauty was found unconscious in her hotel room on 8 February 2007and died soon after. With several men claiming to be the father of baby Danielynn, a stoush over where she'd be buried and accusations flying, Anna Nicole's death proved as bizarre as her life. As Cintra Wilson wrote on Salon.com, she was 'not so much a candle in the wind as a bonfire in a hailstorm'.